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NATIONAL FOREST WAY 75

09 SEPTEMBER 2017

National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire to Beacon Hill, Leicestershire

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The National Forest Way 75 is the first point to point ultra marathon of its kind, covering the length of The National Forest. Starting at the stunning 150 acre National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, and finishing with the breath-taking views at Beacon Hill in Leicestershire. Our participants can take part as a solo, in pairs, or in teams of 4.

Our runners can expect a fun, challenging and competitive event in the heart of the English countryside.

THE COURSE

The course consists of a 75 mile part self-navigation route along the National Forest Way that will take runners on a transforming landscape from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, heading East to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire. Covering 3 different counties, you’ll be running through new and old woodlands, and open spaces which make up the 21st century new forest.

Expect to see views over the Trent Valley, the climb up Battlestead Hill, and head to the most Northerly point of the National Forest Way – the Hangmans stone. Taking in the breath taking views of Calke Abbey, you’ll then head back to the historic market town of Ashby de La Zouch, passing through the stunning Bradgate Park, famous for the 18th Century Old John Tower and finishing at one of the highest points in Leicestershire, at the beautiful Beacon Hill.

Learn more at www.nationalforestway.co.uk

National Forest Way 75 route

The National Forest

Go Ultra Events are proudly working in partnership with The National Forest. Every time you participate in one of our events we make a donation to support this bold environmental project transforming 200 square miles of central England by creating a new forested landscape for us all enjoy.

£1 of every entry fee is donated to The National Forest by Go Ultra Events. You can also help:

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FEES

SOLO

£80each

PAIRS

£45each

TEAMS OF 4

£25each

Please note all entrants must be 18years and over.

Please note that you will need to enter your pair, or team as they will run the event. E.g. if you are running the first leg, you will enter your name and details first, If you are running leg 4, your name and details will be entered last (you will be reminded of this information during the entry process).

ADDITIONAL FEES

SPECTATORS

Donations to The National Forest.
Free of charge.

PARKING

Charges will apply depending on location.

CHIP TIMING

Supplied by Si Entries.

Start

Saturday 9th September 2016.
The National Memorial Arboretum, DE13 7AR

Ample car parking is available.
There will be toilets available at the start venue.

Check Points

Checkpoint 1: Branston Water Park, DE14 3HD – 16.5 miles
Cut off point: you must have reached this point within 5 hours.

Checkpoint 2: Hartshorne Village Hall, DE11 7BE – 35.5 miles (19 miles)
Cut off point: you must have reached this point within 13 hours.

Checkpoint 3: Sence Valley Forest Park, LE67 6NW – 53.5 miles (18 miles)
Cut off point: you must have reached this point within 18 hours.

Finish

Beacon Hill, Woodhouse Eaves, LE12 8TA (Lower car park)

The final cut off point for finishers will be 9.15am on Sunday 11th September.

Ample car parking is available.

There will be toilets available at the finish venue.

Registration

Registration will take place here between 6.00-8.15am. Every participant MUST register on the day, you will receive no race pack prior to the event.

You will be required to sign a disclaimer during registration.

Please ensure you have photo ID with you to show at registration. If you cannot provide appropriate photo ID at this point, you risk being withdrawn from the event.

Please be prepared for a full kit check at registration.

In your race pack, you will receive:

  • Your running number. You must complete the back of the running number with emergency contact details and any medical conditions.
  • Safety pins.
  • Key event information (e.g. Go Ultra Event contact and emergency information)
  • Your Race t-shirt.
  • Your chip timing device (1 per solo, 1 per pair, 1 per team of 4)

9.15am – mass start and race briefing at the start line.

There will be toilets at the Start & Finish venues for participants and spectators.

There will be 3 marshalled check points along the route which will include food and water supplies, and where spectators and team/support crew are able to park.

You will be kept safe throughout the event by our First Aid Crew, and will be fully supported by the Go Ultra Team and our army of volunteers.

Mandatory kit list

Please note that your safety is our key priority, however we require you to be fully prepared to look after yourself during this event, therefore you will be required to have the following with you at all times. Please be prepared for a kit check at any point during the event:

  • Adequate running/trail shoes
  • Water bottles and hydration bladder (enough to hold 1 litre of water)
  • Spare food
  • First Aid kit (basic)
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • £5-10 in cash
  • Head torch
  • Reflective clothing or rear light
  • Spare batteries or secondary light
  • Base layer
  • Water/windproof layer

*Kit list could change depending on weather conditions

Race Rules

  • The race takes place on public paths, live roads and shared access trails. Every participant runs at their own risk and must be cautious and vigilant at all times.
  • You will be running on roads, so ensure you run facing the traffic (in single file) and look both ways when crossing roads (double check when you are fatigued).
  • We do not recommend using iPod and music devices due to running on roads, if you choose to do this, it is at your own risk.
  • We recommend you wear bright, hi-visibility clothing for the duration of the event.
  • All participants must carry head torches, and wear from dusk.
  • Ensure that you carry mandatory kit with you at all times.
  • The route will be marked and you must follow the National Forest Way as it runs over private land.
  • Please respect the National Forest and ensure that you dispose of any rubbish at relevant checkpoints, there will be bins provided.
  • In the event of an emergency, either contact the Go Ultra Events Race Team or Medical Team on the number provided in your Race pack, or call 999.
  • Weather conditions may dictate what mandatory kit and water is needed, the Go Ultra Events Race Team will be in contact with you prior to the event if this is necessary.

Solo Runners

Solo runners are to complete the entire route alone, with no outside help, except of that from the Go Ultra Events Race Team at the designated check points.

Pairs

Runner 1 to complete their first leg, starting at the National Memorial Arboretum and handing over the chip at checkpoint 2-Hartshorne Village Hall.

Runner 2 to start at Hartshorne Village Hall, and finish at Beacon Hill.

Both runners are to complete the entire leg alone, with no outside help, except of that from the Go Ultra Events Race Team at the designated check points

Team Runners

Runner 1 to complete their first leg starting at the National Memorial Arboretum, and handing over to runner 2 at Branston Water Park.

Runner 2 to complete their leg starting at Branston Water Park, and handing over at Hartshorne Village Hall.

Runner 3 to complete their leg starting at Hartshorne Village Hall, and handing over at Sence Valley Forest Park.

Runner 4 to complete their leg starting at Sence Valley Forest Park, and finishing at Beacon Hill.

Runners are to complete their leg alone, with no outside help, except of that from the Go Ultra Events Race Team at the designated check points

Cheating

We will not allow cheating of any kind. Anyone caught trying to cheat will be disqualified from the event, and subsequently your team will also be disqualified if you are a team runner.

Medical provision

There will be First Aid available for the duration of the event. If you need any assistance on the course, or see a fellow participant requiring medical attention, please report this to a member of the Go Ultra Events Race Team out on the course.

FAQs

If you can’t find an answer to your question here, contact us on goultra@goultraevents.co.uk

Over 18s only can register for the event.
We only accept solo runners, pairs, or teams of 4.
Cancellations are allowed with a refund of 50% one month prior to the event.

You can defer/transfer via the Si Entries website (an account will be created when you register). An admin fee may apply.

You will be able to register for the event, park your car and receive all event information.

Important Note: All racers MUST sign and date the disclaimer form within the Race Pack (last page). Click here to download.

Yes there will be car parking available at the start, finish and checkpoint locations. Please note car parking charges may apply.
There will be a registration area open from 6.00-8.15am on event day. Please note everyone MUST register.

Important Note: All racers MUST sign and date the disclaimer form within the Race Pack (last page). Click here to download.

Yes absolutely! We want as many friendly faces to attend the event and support you as possible. We ask that spectators car share where possible, and are cautious of all runners, road users and general public. Please note that the checkpoints are the only formal spectator points along the route, however spectators are welcome to support you throughout the route, at their own risk. We ask that everyone respects the National Forest, and be cautious of runners at all times especially at night time.
We will provide water and snacks at the designated check points, but ask that you carry your own supply as part of your mandatory kit list.
There will be public toilets along the route.
Due to the nature of the event, if you haven’t reached the checkpoint by the specified time, unfortunately you (and your team) will not be able to continue in the event.
There will be First Aid available for the duration of the event. If you need any assistance on the course, or see a fellow participant requiring medical attention, please report this to a member of the Go Ultra Events Race Team out on the course. In the event of an emergency, either contact the Go Ultra Events Race Team or Medical Team on the number provided in your Race pack, or call 999.
Thank-you for taking part in a GoUltra event.  GoUltra donate a small proportion of every entry fee to support the environment in which our events take place.  For events that take part in the National Forest we help contribute to this transformational project:

The National Forest Company, responsible for leading this transformation, is a registered charity no 1166563.

The National Forest project launched over 30 years ago when local communities across the Midlands were encouraged to make the case for a new national forest to be planted in their area.  Incredibly passionate people living in the Leicestershire and South Derbyshire coalfields area campaigned hard and won the fight to establish The National Forest here in the Heart of England where the landscape had been ravaged by coal and mineral extraction.   With cross party Government support over the last 25 years, The National Forest has grown steadily working with landowners, farmers, businesses and local communities to plant more than 8.5million trees.

The National Forest continues to create new woodland and other forest habitats – the aim is to achieve forest cover of approximately 30% across the 200 square miles.  This is a massive target when you consider that when it started some areas had as little as 2% – current forest cover is 20% on average.

But The National Forest is so much more than just planting trees. It is:

  • A great place to live, the Forest is developing as a place to learn, to exercise and to enjoy with more than 500,000 children enjoying environmental education sessions, 102km of new cycle ways created and over 45 new sport and recreation facilities created.
  • An emerging tourist destination, the Forest welcomed 7.8 million visitors in 2014 supporting 4,842 tourism related jobs.
  • A place to work, Forest-related regeneration projects and programmes have received c£172m of investment since 1995, creating 333 jobs through forestry, farm diversification to forest uses and woodland businesses.

It is a national exemplar of what can be achieved through forest creation, demonstrating solutions to many of the key challenges we face as a nation including, creating landscapes able to adapt to climate change, developing a low carbon economy to provide sustainable growth and jobs and spaces in which people can exercise, relax and enjoy being close to nature.

RACE PACK

Download the NFW 75 Information Race Pack (PDF)

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